Stay at home with the kids and you're inhibiting their confidence. Go to work and send them to daycare and you're breeding thugs. Similarly, co-sleeping makes a child unable to put itself to sleep, while sleep routines lead to insecure and fussy babies
Damned if you do, damned if you don't springs to mind. Ignore, ignore, ignore!
I think he's nuts. He comes over as a grown man who still blames his parents for everything wrong in his life. I met him once through work and he was really unpleasant. In the end I was rude to him and he started being really ingratiating and nice back. Yeuch!
it has to be the dads fault as sahm get naughty children, working mothers get naughty children - therefore the only logical explanation is that the dads are doing something not right and it is making children naughty
As a parent of a child of this age, you need to realise that if things go pear-shaped it is actually always your fault, in the sense that if you keep a close enough eye on them you can prevent atrocities.
What I don't understand is the neat progression of Dr James' own career. Why aren't there any gaps where he was spending his time preventing atrocities and keeping a close eye? Or hasn't he got any offspring of his own to spend time with? Or - silly me! - did I manage to forget that this is the little woman's responsibility?
He's a dodgy bugger. Was well known as a shagger by my contemporaries at university - that would be by girls at least twenty years younger than him. Perhaps not the ideal power balance for someone who presumes to lecture us on ethics and responsibility?
Some of his writing is quite to the point about how we care too much about material things etc., but he takes it to another level by saying that if we weren't like that then mothers would not need to work, which is obviously rubbish. I oversimplify of course and to be fair to him he suggests that mothers going to work is a good thing if they are doing it out of choice rather than having to, because they will be happier which means their children will be happier. But I don't think you need to be an expert to work that out and he lays the blame for all of society's ills at the foot of the majority of people who have no choice in the matter. I think he is maybe a rich bloke who doesn't have a proper job!